Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. Our firm has grown from a two-person law office formed in 1890 in Philadelphia to a large, sophisticated law firm with a national and international practice.
Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Financial Services Practice Group includes more than 45 lawyers and other professionals who focus their practices on issues affecting the financial services industry. The financial services industry is changing rapidly. The expansion of financial institutions into new areas – securities, mutual funds, hedge funds and insurance – requires a group that has the breadth and depth to handle all these needs, needs met by the lawyers in Pepper’s Financial Services group.
Our practice includes experience in:
- Lending Transactions
- Borrower Transactions and Legal Opinions
- Securitization Transactions
- Bank Mergers and Corporate Transactions
- Banking Regulation
- Privacy, Security and Data Protection
- Securities Transactions
- Investment Management and Brokerage
- Mortgage Banking
- Consumer Finance Litigation
- Workouts and Bankruptcy
- Intellectual Property and
- Affordable Housing
Paul W. Hespel is a partner in the Financial Services Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office.
Mr. Hespel specializes in finance and restructuring transactions, with a particular focus on transactional finance matters (including leveraged acquisition financings and transactional finance matters in distressed settings), mezzanine and multi-tranche financings, high yield debt offerings, out-of-court restructurings and liability management transactions. Mr. Hespel handles both domestic and cross border engagements.
Mr. Hespel represents corporate borrowers, financial sponsors, portfolio companies, arrangers, agent banks, financial institutions and alternative capital sources. He has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating secured and investment grade credit facilities, first lien, second lien, mezzanine and multi-tranche financings, liquidity lines, letter of credit facilities and high yield debt offerings. Mr. Hespel also counsels clients on forbearance arrangements, out-of-court restructurings and debtor-in-possession and exit financings.
During his more than 15 years of practice, Mr. Hespel has developed sector expertise in education, financial services, REITs, health care, manufacturing and telecommunications.
Mr. Hespel is a member of the Advisory Board to the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce, the Duke University School of Law, Law Alumni Association Board and the Duke University School of Law, International Advisory Board. He is fluent in French and Dutch and conversant in German and Spanish.